The Book of Llandaf and the Norman Church in Wales

The Book of Llandaf and the Norman Church in Wales

John Reuben Davies


Boydell Press



The post-Norman ecclesiastical and political transformation of south-east Wales, recorded in early C12 manuscript.
This book explores the ecclesiastical and political transformation of south-east Wales in the later eleventh and early twelfth centuries. Ecclesiastical and administrative reform was one of the defining characteristics of the Norman regime in Britain, and the author argues that a new generation of clergy in South Wales was at the heart of this reforming programme. The focus of this volume is the early twelfth-century Book of Llandaf, one of the most perplexing but exciting historical works from post-Conquest Britain. It has long been viewed as a primary source for the history of early medieval Wales, but here it is presented in a fresh light, as a monument to learning and literature in Norman Wales, produced in the same literary milieu as Geoffrey of Monmouth. As such, the Book of Llandaf provides us with valuable insights into the state of the Norman Church in Wales, and allows us to understand how it thought about its past.
JOHN DAVIES is Research Fellow in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh


October 2003
5 line illustrations
256 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Celtic History
ISBN: 9781843830245
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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This is the sort of book of which there need to be more in the study of Celtic history. (...) A valuable contribution to the study of the diocesan organisation of Wales in the later first millennium. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
A mine of information on a very complex subject. E.H.R.
Will undoubtedly provide an invaluable source companion for academics and researchers. Makes an important case for analyzing difficult sources such as Liber Landauensis within their political and social context. ALBION
This is an important book, fluently written and essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Wales in the early Middle Ages. MONMOUTHSHIRE ANTIQUARY
This well-written and expertly produced book is an important contribution to the ongoing analysis of the formation of Welsh bishoprics. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
(A) splendid book.(...) It is a tribute to this book and its author that a whole new epoch of debate will open up on the Book of Llandaf as a source of twelfth-century history. ARCHAEOLOGIA CAMBRENSIS
A valuable contribution to the study of Liber Landauensis.offers a detailed case-study in the methods used by members of the post-Norman Conquest ecclesiastical elite in their appropriation, utilization and reinvention of pre-existing local cults. WELSH HISTORY REVIEW

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